Book Review

ARC Book Review: The Bluff (Graham Brothers #2) by Emma St. Clair

Rating: ★★★★★
Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: TBD pages
Author: Emma St. Clair
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 9th, 2022
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


I won’t be winning any employee of the year awards. But only because my boss is the grumpy boss to end all grumpy bosses. Did I mention he doesn’t trust me to do my job?

Challenge accepted.

Not only am I going to help James launch a successful brewery, but I’m going to find out what makes him tick … and what makes him go boom.

All this has nothing to do with the fact that the man is unbearably, unfairly, unignorably (is that a word?) attractive. Or that he lost his mom when he was young, same as me.

The more he pushes me away, the more I’m pulled into his orbit. It’s a battle of stubborn wills, and I don’t plan to concede anytime soon.

Except the more time I spend around James Graham, the more I start to lose the one thing I refuse to give to any man … my heart.

The Bluff is an enemies to lovers, grumpy boss rom-com set in the fictional small town of Sheet Cake Texas. You’ll find plenty of laughs and sizzling chemistry in this closed door romantic comedy. It’s the second in a series, but can be read as a standalone.


Oh wow does Emma St. Clair never disappoint.

Let’s run a small list of things you can find in The Bluff:

  • Grump x Sunshine
  • One bed (but keep it sweet)
  • Beer conventions in Austin, TX
  • Taking care of someone after a nightmare
  • Major groveling
  • Dealing with loss of a parent (off page, in past)
  • ELEVATOR MAKE-OUTS + all the other swoony kisses

I love the way these closed door romances are written. They are sizzling while keeping the spice away. Another reason to give these types of romances a chance.

I absolutely LOVED Winnie and James. There banter was perfect. The chemistry, off the charts. And the raw way they learned to speak to one another made my heart want to burst. An undeniable connection (but with out being insta-love) from the beginning, I could NOT get enough of these two. Gimme more.

The plot moved steadily and it was filled with plenty of forced proximity, but also, necessary time apart. I liked the character growth on both sides (but especially James). I’m obsessed with anything St. Clair writes and this was another hit. My current fav of this series.

Overall audience notes:

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Language: none
  • Romance: make-outs
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: depictions of anxiety, grief

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